We fill the cold winter months with things that keep us warm and cozy, inside and out. Steaming hot beverages, fuzzy blankets, knitted scarves, and vanilla-scented candles take over as we hunker down in a semi-hibernating state.
As the temperatures drop outside, the moisture disappears from the air, leaving us with the dreaded winter skin. Since we’re all bundled up, we forget the importance of skin care and moisturizing. Before we know it, we’re sporting chapped lips, dry, cracked hands, and flaky, red skin all over. That dormant skin condition that you’ve forgotten about all spring, summer, and fall comes back with a vengeance, and you’ve gotta get a hold on it—quick.
Don’t let the weather get the best of you. Turn that winter skin around with these 10 natural remedies for winter skin care.
Rich in healthy fats and skin-nourishing nutrients, avocado is an ideal natural ingredient for hydrating homemade skin care products. When your skin becomes irritated, itchy, red, cracked, or flaky during the winter, these are all signs that it is suffering from dehydration.
The healthy fats and vitamins A, D, and E hydrate the skin and help to lock in the moisture for a long time. They also work as antioxidants and fight early aging, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Apply mashed avocado to your skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. You can mix in other skin-nourishing ingredients, such as honey or buttermilk, for an even stronger effect.
Honey has many natural healing and moisturizing properties that are perfect for skin care. It is proven to have antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant benefits. In fact, honey has a long history of being used to treat conditions including blemishes, cuts, wounds, rashes, and bacterial and fungal infections.
Honey contains enzymes that penetrate deep into the layers of skin, moisturizing from within. Its antiseptic and antibacterial properties allow it to clean pores, removing dirt and eliminating blackheads for clearer-looking skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of honey soothe the skin and reduce redness and itching. It also helps to keep pimples and acne at bay.
When choosing a honey to use for your skin, opt for raw manuka honey, as it contains very high levels of antioxidants when compared with other honeys.
You can apply raw honey straight to the skin to benefit from all it has to offer, or mix it with other nourishing ingredients, such as avocado, yogurt, or aloe vera.